What’s With the Tattoo Nonsense?

Nayantara, Aamir Khan (in the forthcoming movie Ghajini), Amrita Arora, Saif Ali Khan, Lara Dutta, Sanjay Dutt, John Abraham, Esha Deol ….the tattoo-ed list of the Indian glitterati goes on and on ad nauseum, ad infinitum. Forget the Bollywood and Kollywood stars, who in any case thrive on the oxygen of publicity. Even a sober Jewish friend of […]

Eating Like a Pig? Try Stapling Your Stomach

Friends and family often ask us whether we’re waddling advertisements for the laughing Buddha, you know the one with the swollen belly.  You see, like most Indians we relish our Malai Kofta, Navaratan Korma, Chicken Chettinad, Idli, Vada, Gojju, Masala Dosa and those delectable desi sweets like Jangir, Doodhi Halwa, Kesar Peda, Badam Halwa, Haigreeva et al. From […]

Tamil Nadu Bhavan – A New York Rat Hole

Update: Tamil Nadu Bhavan Re-opened by NYC Health Dept Our earliest memories of South Indian restaurants are of dark and dingy interiors, food served in dirty plates or banana leaves and water poured into tall tumblers by sweat-drenched waiters in the dusty small towns and cities of Tamil Nadu in South India. Four decades and […]

Penis Diet – What the Heck is That?

We’ve heard of Low Carb Diet, South Beach Diet, Low Fat Diet, Atkins Diet, Low Sodium Diet, Vegetarian Diet and a variety of other diets. Penis Diet, what the heck is that? Sounds like what some desperate pornographers would be peddling in junk e-mail. You know, the kind that arrives uninvited in your inbox with headers […]

Kidney Thieves Prey on Indian Poor

This is a story that could happen only in India. Apparently, 500 poor people in the North Indian city of Gurgaon have lost their kidneys to an unscrupulous gang of greedy doctors who removed the kidneys and sold them to rich Indians and foreigners. Describing the literal theft of the kidneys of poor folks, the […]

Shame, Shame – U.S. Comes Last in Healthcare

What’s wrong with America? In the supposedly richest country in the world, 47 million Americans are uninsured and have no access to even basic healthcare. Even those with health insurance are routinely denied treatment by greedy insurance companies. Now comes more disturbing news. The U.S. has been ranked last in providing effective healthcare to its citizens, […]